'Be My Slave' photo shoot shocks
Fashion designer denies a racist angle to the shoot, but others disagree.
Fashion designer Aamna Aqeel’s “Be My Slave” photo shoot is getting a lot of heat for accusations of racism.
The images, published in Pakistan fashion magazine Diva, show a dark-skinned child gratifying a model dressed in Aqeel’s clothing, holding her umbrella and performing other various acts of labor.
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“The images are repulsive with racist and colonialist overtones. The fact that the slave in the advertisements is a child makes the images that much more inexcusable,” writes the Express Tribune. “The use of a dark-skinned child in a shoot entitled ‘Be My Slave’ certainly reeks of racism, however much the designer may deny it. And if anything, the shoot seems to condone child labor.”
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But the designer herself is denying any association with racism whatsoever. She says contrary to what everyone is saying, the shoot was actually designed to spark a debate on child labor.
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